Rare Film by Director Liliana Cavani with Britt Ekland & Pierre
Original Italian Title: I CANNIBALI [The Cannibals]
also known as YEAR OF THE CANNIBALS
starring Britt Ekland · Pierre Clementi · Delia Boccardo
· Tomas Milian · Marino Mase · Francesco Leronetti
in the city of Milan, the government has cracked down on disruptive
radicals. Counterculture revolutionaries are murdered in the street
and the bodies are left untended as a warning to others. The officials
will not allow anyone to bury them but a young woman challenges the
law in a mission to find and bury her dead brother.
film is a contemporary reworking [as a radical political allegory] of
Antigone, an ancient Greek drama written by Sophocles.
The lead here is Swedish-born Britt Ekland who plays Antigone. This
was an early project for Britt, better known for her later thrillers
NAKED PRESENCE and DEMON
RAGE. Pierre Clementi is Tiresias, an innocent [Christ-like]
character who helps Antigone search for her brother's body. He was a
French actor who specialized in quirky 'offensive' projects like SWEET
ZERO and LITTLE
LIPS. After 100+ films, Mr Clementi died at age 57 from liver
cancer December 1999.
was the first major film theatrical film for noted director Liliana
Cavani (who, four years later, would find International success with
The Night Porter). However, she wasn't so fortunate with
this one. In fact, upon its premiere at the 1970 New York Film Festival,
audiences and critics universally despised the film. It was mercilessly
trashed which caused the American distributor (AIP) to pull its release
in the States. It fared better in Europe, but only marginally. Today,
it is regarded as a minor masterpeice, encumbered by heavy-handed symbolism,
surreal images and stark exploitation. The film remains unreleased in
the United States.